Word from Washington
the security components required. We must recognize the
direction the federal government and the industry are taking
so that we can explain the move to patient-centered healthcare and our need to give patients access to information and
collect information in real time so it is available 24/7 for clinicians and patients alike.
Other Stories: A New Global Role for AHIMA
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has appointed AHIMA the designated secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization’s 215 Technical Advisory
Group (TAG) and US TAG Administrator. As the secretariat,
AHIMA will manage healthcare-related ISO standards that
will affect US healthcare now and in the years to come.
This role integrates with other standards work AHIMA is
involved with, including mapping SNOMED CT to ICD- 10.
These standards will make their way into future meaningful
use criteria and become embedded in the EHR systems you
will be working with in just a few years.
As a major actor in this standards story, AHIMA is making
sure that HIM principles and practices are embedded into
the standards. In these and other standards activities, we are
also working hard to ensure consistency in coding, uniform
quality measures, harmonized standards and terminologies,
and uniform guides needed in this standards-based practice
that we have promoted for decades and now see coming at
us at a very rapid pace.
AHIMA has also been very engaged in the Health Level
Seven standards development body, working to ensure HIM
practices are embedded in standards. Our engagement continues to increase. In 2012 AHIMA’s vice president of practice leadership, Don Mon, will become the chair of HL7. More
HIM-related standards are coming, including those to ensure
the legal EHR. This activity is bringing us closer to the type
of EHR we have sought since the 1980s.
Our work individually as professionals and collectively as a
profession is not done. If you haven’t started, I invite you to
write new chapters in your HIM story. ¢
Dan Rode ( email@example.com) is AHIMA’s vice president of policy and
ICD-10: Your Strategic Advantage
Would you like to know how to make ICD- 10 a
strategic advantage for you and your organization?
Leverage your transition to ICD- 10 with CARE and
improve data quality leading to improved patient
outcomes. CARE is your trusted partner offering a
full suite of ICD- 10 transition services coupled with
a unique change leadership approach: Systems-Based Leadership™.
For more information, contact Gwen Hughes, Director, eHIM
Consulting at 312-229-7159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating 35 years as experts
in quality data for quality care.